When you say “lubed up” make sure you aren’t over doing it. The only reference in the owner’s manual to lubrication is to “wipe all surfaces with a patch or cloth that has been very lightly oiled “. Apparently I have been over lubing mine and coincidentally yesterday I had a few Failures to feed for the first time in 18 months.I'm a seasoned gun owner as well as Law Enforcement and Marine Vet and i recently bought a Security 9 as well and first day out to the range fresh out of the box lubed up and ready to go she still had numerous premature slide locks and failure to feed i cycled 6 mags with 4 different brands of ammo all FMJ Winchester, Remington, Federal, and Hornady. put around 200 rounds down range a box of 50 in each, as well as one mag of 17 Federal HP and every brand had more then one premature slide lock or fail to feed. Most of the slide locks it would not sling shot nor did the manual release send the slide home with out doing a full mechanical reset mag ejected slide sent home mag reinserted charged and chambered shoot fine for a wile then repeat but issue on almost every mag load shot. all three, 15 round mags and all three 17 round mags. ill be sending it in to Ruger to have them look at it but ive ruled out the mags and ammo.
Thank you for adding this information. My other two semi's always worked fine when I would "ride the slide" and therefore I never knew it was improper technique. My new sec9 would not load until I did exactly as you said, locked the slide, loaded a mag, pulled back on the slide and let it rip. Perfect. Finally got a round loaded into what I initially thought was a defective gun. I learned something today and I thank you for that!For all new firearm owners here. When it comes to "break in", there are 2 things to consider.
1. Assembly line guns are built to tolerance and then the parts are randomly thrown together. That being the case, an individual firearm will sometimes have parts that don't mate well. Putting a couple of hundred live rounds through the gun will often allow the parts to wear away at each other until they do mate well. By 500 rounds, any mating issues should be solved.
2. Springs are also made to tolerances. They have to be strong enough to do the job over a set period of uses. Because of that, they tend to leave the factory stronger than they need to be. Springs will begin to wear from the first use on. Most notorious (from Ruger) are mag springs. They tend to be difficult to load to full capacity, and can put a certain amount of strain on the process of leaving the mag, robbing some of the momentum needed to fully chamber the round. I say this because 2 people in this thread have mentioned the first 2 rounds having problems, but not the rest of the mag. For this reason, I typically do not load a magazine to capacity during the break in period except occasionally to test it.
One more thing on the first round loading well. Lock your slide back, insert a magazine, pull the slide back and LET GO! Many new shooters have a tendency to want to ride the slide when loading that first round. Don't! Let the gun do what it is designed to do.
One more more thing. Welcome to the sport and the forum. Feel free to ask questions here. There are a lot of smart and experienced shooters here that like to help those who need it.
Two of them cautioned about the gun jamming lol “I know a guy who has a Ruger and his sh** always jams on him.” Stuff like that.You’re a good sport. Curious what your friends cautioned you about in your initial post
I purchased my Sec 9 a couple weeks ago and took it out for the first time today. If I remember correctly the first mag fired fine but cycling issues persisted after that. I fired only 100 rounds, due to the ammo shortage they only allowed a purchase of 2 boxes, and probably had around 8-10 cycling or jamming issues. Very frustrating considering the hours of research I did before buying this gun. All the reviews and videos on the gun seem to be on older models, which might explain the “bend” in the ejector. I personally have no clue if that’s the problem or but when the gun first released, it didn’t seem to be having these issues.Hello everyone, first time gun owner here. Bought a new Security 9 about 3 weeks ago (against all feedback from friends), took it out shooting last weekend straight from the box, and had nothing but jams. I fired 75 rounds (30ct Federal brass & 45ct Browning brass), and approximately every 5 rounds the gun would fail to chamber the next round. The spent round would eject fine, but the next round would jam and leave the slide partially back. Used the two mags that came with the gun and same issue regardless of which I used. Also had a stove pipe 1 time. To avoid the “I told you so” I haven’t shared this with any friends lol I plan to clean and lubricate it and hopefully go out shooting again this weekend and see if it performs better.
I haven’t cleaned it yet, but I removed the slide and something caught my eye. The ejector is not straight, it bends to the left. When I put the slide back on, it actually makes contact with the slide - not enough to stop the slide, but contact nonetheless. Is this normal or could this be why my gun jammed so much? Is it something I can (or should) fix myself? How?
Appreciate any and all help. Attaching some pictures to show the ejector.
Of course! My update is quoted below. Basically, the malfunctions decreased the more I went out to shoot. I’ve shot about 500 rounds now and I don’t get any malfunctions anymore (other than the slide fully locking back, but that’s because of my grip working on it) I haven’t determined if the gun needed to break in or if cheap ammo is what was causing all the malfunctions I was having.I purchased my Sec 9 a couple weeks ago and took it out for the first time today. If I remember correctly the first mag fired fine but cycling issues persisted after that. I fired only 100 rounds, due to the ammo shortage they only allowed a purchase of 2 boxes, and probably had around 8-10 cycling or jamming issues. Very frustrating considering the hours of research I did before buying this gun. All the reviews and videos on the gun seem to be on older models, which might explain the “bend” in the ejector. I personally have no clue if that’s the problem or but when the gun first released, it didn’t seem to be having these issues.
Being a novice gun owner, my initial feeding issues was due to me not letting the slide do it’s job but as I said above, the cycling issues continued. I did not clean and lube the gun before hand either. I’ll be doing that before I go out again.
I am curious if you have any other updates with your cycling issues?? Please and thank you!
Thanks for the input everyone! An update: It’s been a few weeks since my last range session, but I’m thinking it’s one of those guns that need a “break-in” period. Or at least mine is.
First time I went shooting I shot cheap Browning brass and Federal Champion and I got a malfunction about every 5 rounds. Failure to feeds and stove pipes. Later I shot Sellier & Bellot and would get light primer strikes. At this point though I’ve shot about 400 or 500 rounds, and the only malfunction I’ve had has been the slide locking back with rounds still in the mag - I think this is on my grip though. I believe my grip is too high and my lead thumb is engaging the slide lock. When I pay attention to that the slide does not lock back prematurely.
Now I don’t know for sure if it’s “break-in” or if it’s ammo related. I haven’t tried shooting the Federal Champion or Browning anymore. I’ve shot Fiocchi, Blazer, Aguila, and even Wolf steel with no more malfunctions (other than the slide locking mentioned above). Work has been crazy due to COVID so I haven’t had a chance to head to the range again. I want to try shooting that Federal Champion and Browning again to know for sure if it’s just ammo I need to avoid or if my Sec 9 is good now.
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Try sling shotting it (I think that's what it is called, at least). I think that's how the pistol is intended by design to chamber the first round of a fresh mag. What's weird about mine is that if I firmly insert a mag into mine, it will chamber automatically. I'm still on the fence on whether I like that or not.And further more... the slide realse was so stiff I thought it may be inoperable. After shooting I can do it with my thumb in a shooting grip.